What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Dinosaur Jr., Those Pretty Wrongs @ Rough Trade
Dinosaur Jr celebrate the release of their new album tonight in the tiny confines of Rough Trade. Opening is Those Pretty Wrongs which features Big Star drummer Jody Stephens. Sold out.
Boris (performing Pink), Earth @ Warsaw
Japanese metal greats Boris have made tons of different sounds throughout their career, 2005’s Pink is one of their serious high points. They’ll play that in full tonight, with the great Earth opening.
Deftones, Refused, Spotlights @ The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
You can probably count on one hand how many great bands came out of nu-metal, and Deftones are absolutely one of them. They’re also possibly the only one still making great music — this year’s Gore is one of their best albums. Post-hardcore boundary-pushers Refused are of course at least as good, and the idea of seeing those bands on one bill is pretty tough to pass up. Sludgy/shoegazy openers Spotlights are worth catching too.
Drake, Future, Roy Woods, dvsn @ Madison Square Garden
This show is stacked all around, with Drake and Future who both have countless hits (including a handful together), and two Drake associates opening. It’s especially an exciting chance to catch the mysterious dvsn project in a live setting. This is the second of eight NYC-area shows (six of which are in NYC proper).
M. Ward, Margaret Glaspy @ Damrosch Park (Lincoln CenterOut of Doors Festival)
Part of the Americana Festival which is in turn part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, tonight features the smoky tones of M. Ward and rising singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy. Free.
Rhyton, bl0odoolo0ps, J.R. Bohannon @ Trans-Pecos
Experimental rockers Rhyton are one of the more underrated Brooklyn bands, and this year’s solid Redshift is more proof of their talent.
Pinegrove, Sports, Half Waif, Forth Wanderers @ Monty Hall
Pinegrove made one of the year’s best indie rock albums Cardinal, and they’re currently on tour with scrappy pop punks Sports and art pop trio Half Waif (who all play in Pinegrove). Tonight they’re in Jersey City ahead of tomorrow’s Brooklyn show.
DMX, N.O.R.E., Jim Jones, Jadakiss @ Apollo Theater
If you like ’90s and early ’00s New York rap, no one on this bill needs any introduction. Should be a fun show all around.
Thin Lips, Ordinary Things, Ratas En Zelo, Worriers @ Silent Barn
This Orlando benefit has a cool lineup, highlighted by two indie-punk bands: Thin Lips and Worriers.
Pilgrim, Castle, Blizaro @ Trans-Pecos
Providence doom metal traditionalists Pilgrim are on the road for just a few dates, including this NYC show (which was moved from the now-closed Acheron).
Heaters, Las Rosas, Annique Monet @ Baby’s All Right
Michigan psych rock trio Heaters, who come on like The Byrds being dragged through a Berlin gutter, celebrate the release of their new LP tonight.
AC Slater, Cause and Affect, Shift K3y @ Output
Output hosts a lineup of beatmakers. Show up on time for the super-fun Shift K3y.
Bondax, Karma Kid, Alex English, Dali, Hiyawatha @ Webster Hall
UK duo Bondax have been moving dancefloors for about five years now, and will surely do so tonight.
Morgan Heritage, British Dependency @ Prospect Park Bandshell BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
The free shows at Prospect Park continue with long-running reggae band Morgan Heritage.
ARMS, Turtle Island, Hnry Flwr, Half State @ Cake Shop
Todd Goldstein’s band ARMS makes the kind of poppy indie rock that’s hard to deny, as heard on their third LP, Patterns, which came out in June.
Heaven For Real, Mega Bog, Ian Sweet @ Union Pool
Brooklyn trio Ian Sweet are newly signed to Hardly Art and will release their first album for the label in about a month; Megabog, meanwhile, makes quirky, folky pop.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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